Are you going to Makassar? Or have plan to go there? Don’t be stuck in the crowded beaches only in the town, there is another hidden gem that you can visit if you are a person into the nature just like me.
This time, we planned to go to Parangloe Waterfalls. For those who never heard about it, well this is also my first time to visit this place. There are 5 of us, 2 of them are the locals which never been there as well, the other 3 is me and my friends. With the rental car, we tried to search the location with our gps. Actually, the area wasn’t that far from Makassar city and easy to find. It took around 1 hour to arrive to the place. The only confusing thing was about the entry gate, but finally after we asked the local, they showed us which one is the right entry gate.
We parked the car in front of the forestry crew’s house. And his sons initiated to guide us to the waterfalls. I think it’s important to get the guide and pay a bit more for the guide cost rather than spending some longer time around the forest to find the waterfalls. After walk for about 30 minutes, we arrived in the flat area. A huge information board firmly stand caught our eyes. “Be careful with the flood.” The flood can not be predictable especially in rainy season. Although the best view for the waterfalls of course in rainy season, when the water fills the area and make a strong wave for the waterfalls itself.
Huge warning board about flooding
I saw a gravestone for someone who probably missing last year because of the flood, it said : “In memoriam Andi Nurjihad, you already gone but you haven’t disappeared.”
RIP Andi Nurjihad
OK, it sounded so spooky for me.
Later on, the path for going down was a bit slippery and narrow. We should really be careful to step on the land and balance ourselves for not going down to the cliff. What I recognized while walking, there were so many ants, not only the small ones, but also the big-red-ones. I need to walk jig jag and sometimes make a small jump just to avoid to step on them.
Narrow path to go down the waterfalls
Because we went there in the dry season, wave of the water not so strong as we guess, but the view of the waterfalls was so cool! That’s why I understand why local people called the Parangloe as the “Makassar Small Grand Canyon.”
Finally, we found the Parangloe Waterfalls
The hot weather made some of us immediately play with the water while the rest enjoying the view and capture the moments. To complete our curiosity, me and the other 2 friends tried to go up to the waterfalls. We believe the view more breathtaking even it was scarier, especially, there’s no fix way to go up. We need to hold the branches we found tightly and open our sandals rather than slip and fall to the ground.
My friends play with the water
View from the up
Another waterfalls on the second level
Just be sure you are not spending too much time in the waterfalls not because the area still untouch and wild, but also you need to watchout about the flood. But apart of that, this waterfalls definitely a worth place to visit for all of you who want to seek something more rarely in the city of Makassar.
Cheers from the Beautiful Parangloe Waterfalls..